#2. FAIRY TALES! Speaking of fairy tale weddings, these past 2 weeks Carrie has been teaching the students about Fairy Tale elements and comparing different versions of fairy tales during whole class read alouds. Students listened to Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, and more with many various versions and twists! Students participated in whole class comprehension strategies such as compare and contrasting characters, comparing several different versions of a particular fairy tale.
To go along with this fairy tale unit, I took it a step further during guided reading time and created a Fairy Tale Frenzy unit that focuses on several different comprehension skills with fairy tales! Fairy tales are such a great way to reinforce retelling, sequencing, making connections, summarizing, understanding character traits, problem/solution, fluency, cause/effect, etc. Pretty much the ideas are endless and I wanted to put a package together that touched on a little bit of everything! So a few days ago, I had the students use the "Fairy Tale Book" graphic organizer that is the the Fairy Tale Frenzy package. Students got to pick any of the many read alouds that had already been read to them to read independently. Students then used their "Fairy Tale Book" to complete all of the comprehension strategies with the book they chose! This was a great end of the year comprehension activity to see how well students could apply different strategies all within one book, and all on their own!!
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You can enter to win through next Thursday, June 6th! (Our last day of school!!) We will randomly select three lucky winners and reveal them on Friday, June 7th!
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Today I wanted to do an activity that worked on her self-esteem, nervousness, and friendship skills. I told her that she could choose any student from her class to play the game with. Of course of all days, I couldn't get her to even choose ONE student to play with : ( I was so bummed!...So I gave in after she basically refused to walk into her class to find a friend. Of course, I chose a student and instantly all of her nervousness went away. GO FIGURE! As soon as she got to scan a QR code and read the question to her friend, the girls instantly started laughing and were able to come up with their own silly responses! They answered a few more questions and then I added another student to come play...again, the nervous feelings were dissipating and my little friend was enjoying a little friendship building time with ease! I told the girls to just have fun and pretend that Mrs. Kramer was invisible and not apart of the conversation! Some examples from the QR codes were "If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?" or "The zoo animals are hungry. You are going shopping for food. What food will you buy for the animals?" or "Pretend you are invisible. Tell me about what adventures you would go on." or "If you could hang out with a character for the day what would you do with them?" It was so reassuring to see my little girl break out of her shell and just be her! I'm truly going to miss her and I have to admit I've already shed a tear that she is moving on to our next building. : (
#4. MATH OLYMPICS! Yesterday, the 2nd students got to participate in our very own math olympics!! Each of the 8 second grade teachers all had a fun, kinesthetic game that involved different concepts that the students worked on this year! Activities including stacking paper cups with basic addition and subtraction facts, throwing soft balls into buckets and adding 3 digit by 3 digit numbers, measurement, addition and subtraction with dice and more! At the end all of the students earned a cute little gold medal for all of their hard work this year! Our activity was measurement. We had a "measurement relay" and a "measurement hunt". The first group had to be indoors due to rain, but the last few were able to work outside!
I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit about our fun and busy week! Can't wait to hear what everyone else did!